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Moultrie's recruitment intensifying

Posted on: May 12, 2010 10:35 am
Edited on: May 12, 2010 12:07 pm

Former UTEP standout Arnett Moultrie has developed into the hottest transfer on the market.

Most high-major programs in the south -- Tennessee, Memphis, Kentucky, Texas, etc., -- have inquired about the 6-foot-11 forward since the Memphis native withdrew from the NBA Draft last week and announced he would not return to UTEP. And though Moultrie's hometown school remains in play, developments over the past 48 hours suggest Mississippi State and Arkansas have made strong pushes and positioned themselves well.

Still, there could be an issue.

Sources told on Wednesday that -- in addition to Memphis and other C-USA schools -- UTEP might not release Moultrie to Mississippi State or Arkansas. In that case, Moultrie would not be allowed to be on scholarship next year at either school. He would also lose a year of eligibility.

Why is Moultrie such a commodity?

He's a tall and skilled future NBA player who is being viewed by most as a Class of 2011 one-and-done prospect, as a guy who will sit out next year (per NCAA transfer rules) before having the same kind of impact in 2011-12 that Ekpe Udoh had at Baylor. Moultrie and Udoh aren't similar players, but they're simiar talents. Which is why coaches will spend Wednesday continuing to jockey for position, and this recruitment could turn 100 different ways before it ends, and there's no telling when it will end.

Fall classes don't start until August.

Moultrie and his people can be patient, if they want.

Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2010 12:20 pm

Moultrie's recruitment intensifying

Why would Moultrie even remotely consider playing for Calipari?

 Cal never recruited him to play at Memphis and the kid played a few blocks away in high school.  I could see him playing for another SEC team, however, to continue to prove to Cal the error of overlooking him earlier.

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2010 12:04 pm


Calipari is the king of the one-and-dones, which Moultrie will basically become.

If he is added, after sitting out next season he would come in will Gilchrist and Teague.  That could be a very scary lineup, esp. if a couple guys Cal gets decide to stay for two years (Poole? Lamb?). 

The only thing working against UK right now is that they still have 4 more open schollys to offer for next season's incoming freshmen (5 if the rumors about Dodson transferring are true).  Cal might have to spend more time over the next couple weeks thinking about recruiting class of 2010 guys.  I think it is safe to say Miss St, Ark, Memphis and others can give Moultrie more face time over the next couple weeks, but as was mentioned in the article, "fall classes don't start until August" so Moultrie might not rush to make a decision immediately.  He might be willing to wait for more offers to come in.

Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2010 11:20 am

Moultrie's recruitment intensifying

Gary, do you have a theory as to why Moultrie suddenly packed and left UTEP, with Floyd putting out a vague press release about both parties agreeing it was for the best?  Why do you push an NBA stud out the door like that?

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